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Commercial Documents

  • There is no need to take an appointment. Applicants could visit The Consulate on any working day between 9AM -12 Noon. The service will be on first come first serve basis.      

  • Commercial Documents  need to be notarized and Apostilled  

  • Apostille Convention: the Hague Convention, to which India and USA are signatories, abolishes the requirement of legalization for Foreign Public Documents. With the certification by the Hague Convention 'Apostille', the document is entitled to recognition in India and vice versa and no certification by the Embassy/Consulates of India is required. The convention applies to public documents which have been executed in the territory of one Contracting State and which have to be produced in the territory of another Contracting State.  

  • However in many places in India, they would easily recognize the attestation by the Indian Embassy/Consulate and hence may ask for attested copy despite the document already being apostilled.  Hence, to avoid any inconvenience, if you wish to have the apostilled document also attested by the Consulate, you may apply to the Consulate.  

  • The Consulate will attest the documents only after they have been first notarized and then apostilled by the state authorities concerned in the US. Apostilling is done at the offices of the Secretary of State where the applicant resides. For details, please check the state government’s websites. For example, residents of California may check the website www.sos.ca.gov .  

  • The Consulate reserves the right to reject attestation of documents the contents of which are objectionable or contrary to the Rules.

  • "Cashier's Check/Money Order should be drawn in favour of CONSULATE GENERAL OF INDIA, SAN FRANCISCO" NO BLANK CHECK/MONEY ORDER WILL BE ACCEPTED BY THE CONSULATE

Applying In Person:

Supporting Document: Carry originals of all the supporting documents to be presented to the Consular Officer (photocopies of which are to be attached with the application).  In case you are not able to present the original documents at the counter bring notarized copy of documents being attached to the application.  Ensure that notarized copy is legible, otherwise Consulate may ask to see the original. However, the passport and the apostilled document (which is to be attested) should be presented in original.

Fee :  A non-refundable fee of $ 50 (fifty) + $3 Indian Community Welfare Fee (ICWF) w.e.f. Oct. 01, 2012 per attestation.  If you want to receive the attested documents back through mail, either  send a trackable pre-paid return mailing envelope (USPS 'Express Mail' or FEDEX etc.)  or enclose a money order/cashier’s check for $ 20 (twenty) payable to Consulate General of India - San Francisco NO BLANK CHECK/MONEY ORDER WILL BE ACCEPTED BY THE CONSULATE.

Fees should be paid through Money order or Cashiers’ cheque drawn in favor of the ‘Consulate General of India, San Francisco’NO BLANK CHECK/MONEY ORDER WILL BE ACCEPTED BY THE CONSULATE. Cash, Personal Cheques, Credit Cards, Debit Cards or other banking instruments are not accepted.

Delivery of Documents (Pick-up Hours) :  04.00 pm to 04.45 pm (Monday to Friday)

 

Applying by mail

Mailing Address:

Miscellaneous Cell
Consulate General of India,
540 Arguello Boulevard;
San Francisco CA 94118

Supporting Documents: Photocopy of all supporting documents should be notarized and attached to the application. Do not send any original documents except the PASSPORT and the apostilled document to be attested.

Fee :  A non-refundable fee of $ 50 (fifty) + $3 Indian Community Welfare Fee (ICWF) w.e.f. Oct. 01, 2012 per attestation.  If you want to receive the attested documents back through mail, either  send a trackable pre-paid return mailing envelope (USPS 'Express Mail' or FEDEX etc.)  or enclose a money order/cashier’s check for $ 20 (twenty) payable to Consulate General of India - San Francisco NO BLANK CHECK/MONEY ORDER WILL BE ACCEPTED BY THE CONSULATE.

Fees should be paid through Money order or Cashiers’ cheque drawn in favor of the ‘Consulate General of India, San Francisco’NO BLANK CHECK/MONEY ORDER WILL BE ACCEPTED BY THE CONSULATE. Cash, Personal Cheques, Credit Cards, Debit Cards or other banking instruments are not accepted.

How to Apply:

  • Miscellaneous Services Form - Download the Miscellaneous Application form and complete the application form.

  • Attach the following documents with the application form.

  • Photocopies of current passports (either Indian or US). Person applying for attestation on behalf of the company should provide copy of his/her passport  

  •  Proof of residence: (copy of any one of the following)  

    • Business registration certificate

    • Note: Bank/credit card/mobile phone statements are not accepted as residence proof  

  • Commercial Documents need to be notarized and Apostilled by the Secretary of State where the company is incorporated. For California, check the link www.sos.ca.gov/business/notary/authentication.htm - Send original and a copy  of the document to be attested

  • In case the Consulate receives applications with incomplete documentation, the same would be sent back unprocessed in the return envelope sent by the applicant.

 

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